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Earth Tech Pitch Night is an opportunity to discover up-and-coming climate solutions and see the bright, hard-working entrepreneurs leading them in action. You’ll hear pitches from our 17 Earth Tech 2021 accelerator startups, and vote live on who takes home cash prizes totalling $10,000.

If there’s one comment we consistently hear after these events, it’s: “that was so inspiring!”

We’re passionate about supporting these early-stage entrepreneurs – they’re constantly innovating on their solutions and business models to enable greater impact. They remind us that addressing the climate crisis is possible, and that it’s up to us. 

That’s also why we’re levelling up our work accelerating climate solutions. In case you missed it, we recently partnered with Foresight Canada to grow Climate Ventures, including launching a new program, Accelerate from Anywhere, this summer (stay tuned!) and hiring a Program Coordinator to support that work (spread the word!). 

We could all use a little inspiration these days. RSVP for Pitch Night now and join us in cheering on these entrepreneurs, and perhaps supporting their success as a follower, customer, advisor or funder. 

See you on June 30! 

Shea & Barnabe, on behalf of Climate Ventures

Stories from
the Network

Five Reasons You Should Come to Our Earth Tech Pitch Night

Five Reasons You Should Come to Our Earth Tech Pitch Night

On June 30, meet the cleantech entrepreneurs helping to build the Next Economy. But first, let us give you five reasons why. 

Four Reasons You’re About to See More Electric Vehicles in the GTHA

Initiatives throughout the GTHA are tackling specific roadblocks to decarbonizing our transportation system. The hope is that these local solutions are able to increase their impact beyond the city, which involves “[looking] at things more broadly,” according to TAF’s VP Strategy and Partnerships, Mary Pickering. “Climate solutions cannot just serve carbon emissions; they must also be rooted in equity and prosperity for all.”

Seed the North: Fighting Climate Change, One Sprout at a Time

Seed the North, led by Climate Ventures alumna Natasha Kuperman, is grounded in traditional Indigenous knowledge, the scientific community, and technological ingenuity. The project targets remote and hard-to-reach areas that wouldn’t otherwise be replanted, reintroducing species not considered valuable to the forest industry but an important part of the local ecosystem. 


CSI Connects

Next Economy Conversations

Next Economy Conversations: Kalen Taylor, Executive Director of Purpose Construction
Thursday, June 24, 12:00 – 1:00 PM ET
What does it take to build a truly inclusive, local economy? Hear from BALLE Fellow Kalen Taylor, who has built and grown three employment social enterprises.


Want to get your events on our events calendar? Find out what membership could look like for you!

Forest trail

Stop Old-Growth Logging: Toronto Rally
Sunday, June 13, 4:00 – 6:00 PM ET
Only 2% of high-productivity old-growth remains in BC and the government has granted a license to harvest the last intact old-growth valley on Vancouver Island. Climate Ventures alumni Cameron Jones is organizing a small rally in support of BC’s old-growth forests.

The Future of Work: Women in the Environment and Cleantech Sector

The Future of Work: Women in the Environment and Cleantech
Wednesday, June 23, 2021, 12:00 – 3:00 PM ET
Learn from the experience of successful women leaders in the Ontario environment and cleantech industry and connect with emerging leaders across the sector at CSI Member ONEIA’s networking event.

Climate Compatible Community and Affordable Housing Solutions

Climate Compatible Community and Affordable Housing Solutions
Wednesday, June 23, 2021, 1:00 – 2:30 PM ET
Learn about sustainable community design and how you can apply climate compatible solutions to your next affordable housing project in this event co-hosted by the CMHC and SI Canada.


Job Board

Want to post your opportunities to our job board? Find out what membership could look like for you!

Program Coordinator, Climate Ventures  | CSI (that’s us!)
Deadline: June 27
We’re looking for a Program Coordinator to support our Accelerate from Anywhere program! If you’re organized, detail-oriented, and passionate about climate solutions, make sure you apply or spread the word.

Director of Fundraising and Development  | Watersheds Canada
Deadline: June 21
This Earth Tech accelerated venture is poised to grow and looking for a leader to join their collaborative team.

EV Charging Program Manager | The Atmospheric Fund
Deadline: June 27
This CSI Member is scaling local low-carbon solutions. They’re investing in growth in the EV sector, and looking for a Program Manager to lead this exciting project!

Digital Marketing and Communications Coordinator | CSI (that’s us!)
Deadline: Rolling 
We’re looking for a digital native who’s emotionally intelligent, organized, and driven to join our team! 


It’s Up To Us

Have your say about future cleantech jobs. Take the survey.

Cleantech companies: Foresight wants your input about the skills that will be needed for jobs in the clean economy in the future. Please complete this survey about future cleantech jobs. Deadline: June 18

As Seen At CSI

Antonio Gomes and Shea Sinnott posing for a photo in front of a field of crops.

Antonio Gomes posing for a photo in front of hay bales and a tractor.

Shea Sinnott, Climate Ventures Senior Manager, visited Antonio Gomes, Founder of Earth Tech accelerated venture Urban Crops, at their home base on Cavaleiro Farm!

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